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Program Goals and Outcomes

As a student in the Duke University DNP program, what can I expect to learn?

Program Goal

The goal of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is to prepare nurses for advanced practice roles and as clinical scholars skilled in the translation of research and other evidence into clinical practice, measurement of patient outcomes and transformation of health care systems to ensure quality and safety. DNP graduates will be leaders in policy advocacy and setting national agendas.

Program Outcomes

The program outcomes of the DNP program reflect integration and application of the knowledge and skills obtained in the program. Thus, at the completion of the program, the DNP graduate will be able to:

  • Use translational science and analytic methods to develop, identify, implement and evaluate best practices to improve health care and health care systems.
  • Act as a practice scholar to design, direct and evaluate system changes to promote safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable and patient-centered care.
  • Engage in complex, evidence-based advanced nursing practice and evaluate innovative approaches to care delivery for individuals, communities and populations.
  • Partner with others to develop interprofessional teams that communicate effectively, promote health, reduce risk, enhance patient outcomes and improve complex health care delivery systems.
  • Employ strategic leadership skills to influence health policy; implement ethical, cost effective and evidence-based changes in care systems; and advance the profession.
  • Translate knowledge into practice and policy to reduce health disparities, encourage cultural sensitivity and promote access to quality care while advocating for social justice and equity locally, nationally and globally.
  • Use data analytic methods, information systems and technology to evaluate, integrate and apply knowledge that will improve programs of care, outcomes of care and care systems.